Thursday, August 17, 2017

Isolated Structure Fishing

Summer time water temperatures have the fish looking for cooler and more comfortable water zones and that means fishing deeper water. There are many deep water locations that hold fish and then there are areas that hold better quality and more variety.

Finding these locations can be very rewarding and typically do take a good amount of work, but once they are found, can be goldmines on a regular basis. Good electronics these days, allow you to create mapping on demand, and this work up front, can show you these locations that may not be on your current charts.

Free Trees Available To Homeowners This Fall

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is teaming up once again with the Arbor Day Foundation, Rhode Island Tree Council, and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs while beautifying their neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Save the Dates: Fall Outdoor Adventure Talks Coming Up at Fish and Game

Get primed for fall hunting seasons and more at a series of outdoor adventure talks being offered on Wednesday evenings this fall at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talks begin at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.  No pre-registration is required.

Antlerless Deer Application Deadline is Aug. 24

The deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit to be used during Vermont’s December 2-10 muzzleloader deer season is Thursday, August 24.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VT Resident Canada Goose Season, Sept. 1-25

Vermont’s resident Canada goose hunting season will be held September 1 through September 25 to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

‘Let’s Go Fishing’ Program Seeks Instructors

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors so they can pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters.

Hunting Black Bears, Free Seminar on August 19

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a free seminar on hunting Vermont black bears on Saturday, August 19, at the Cambridge Fire Department in Jeffersonville.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Free Deer Hunting Seminar This Month

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a free informational seminar on deer hunting this month. The program is designed to educate hunters of all ages and experience on ways to increase their success hunting whitetail deer.

Be Bear Smart as You Enjoy the Remaining Summer Season

The cool nights are a constant reminder that the summer season is coming to an end and fall will soon be upon us.  Despite the season change, N.H. Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service urge homeowners, campers, and the rest of the public to continue to be vigilant and responsible in bear country.  The peak period of conflicts between bears and humans is June and July, however, bear activity in and around human-occupied areas can continue through August and occasionally September.

Pleasant Lake/Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project - Update

The on the water construction phase of the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project is complete, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like thank the Pleasant Lake Community and the towns of Casco and Otisfield for their support during the project.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Deep Water Structure Fish

Waters are warm these days, with being near the 80 degree mark and that has the fish going deep for the cooler waters. Fishing deeper water requires good electronics and an understanding of what they are showing you and how to fish that structure.

One location that I have found, is a very small sunken island that is about the size of a boat, and is void of much vegetation because of the depth. Utilizing the Sonarphone Tpod with the Navionics application this has allowed for creating current contour information on daily trips.

Habitat Enhancement At Scarborough Marsh WMA Will Benefit New England Cottontails

Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area is a 3100 acre collection of parcels located in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach.  Scarborough Marsh is currently the focus of habitat enhancement for the state endangered New England cottontail rabbit.  Portions of the area are represented by reverting farm fields which have regrown in pockets of dense shrub where as other areas remain grassy.

Great Outdoors Pursuit Finale This Saturday At Rocky Point

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced its annual Great Outdoors Pursuit will hold its grand finale this Saturday at Rocky Point State Park. As part of the Pursuit, now in its ninth season, families earn rewards for participating in scheduled outdoor events throughout the summer season.

Vermont Bear Hunters To Aid Wildlife Scientists

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation now requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Vermont Bear Hunting Starts Sept. 1

Vermont’s bear hunting season starts September 1, and hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries -- where bears will be feeding.

DEEP Designates Saturday, August 12 as “Free Fishing License Day”

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, August 12, “Free Fishing License Day” for all anglers in Connecticut.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Peregrine Falcon Nesting Cliffs Reopened

Vermont Fish & Wildlife has reopened the cliffs closed to hiking and access earlier this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

New State Record for Bowfin Caught By Taunton Teen Angler

Tauri Adamczyk, a 16-year-old from Taunton, is the new state record holder for bowfin. Tauri caught a 7 lb. 14 oz. bowfin with a girth of 14” and length of 26.5” from the Taunton River in late July.  She brought her monster catch to the MassWildlife Field Headquarters for fisheries biologists to certify her catch and state record.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Free Public Archery Ranges Available in Allenstown and Holderness

New Hampshire archers and bowhunters warming up for the fall archery seasons can practice their shooting skills at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department archery facilities at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, and at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Both ranges are free and open to the public.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jig-Worming the Weed Edges

The dog days of summer are upon us and that means fishing deep water weed lines is the order of the day. Finding irregularities along these weed lines are key locations that these deep water fish relate to and there are times, certain small areas will have numbers of large fish.

Setting up on the shallower sides of these weed lines has been key lately. The larger fish seem to be cruising the outer edges or just tucked inside of the weeds in their ambush locations. Casting the jig-worm out to the deeper water and slowly working it back to the weed line and if you don’t get bit, keep working it into the weeds as they may be further in.

2017 NH Spring Gobbler Season Results

Hunters harvested 4,482 turkeys in New Hampshire during the 2017 spring hunt. This is 600 more turkeys than the 3,882 taken in the 2016 spring season and the second highest harvest, surpassed only by the 4,550 taken in 2013.

VT Fishing Regulation Digest Named Best in Nation

In its first year as a stand-alone publication, Vermont’s fishing regulations digest has earned top honors among regulation publications from throughout the United States.

Vermont’s Moose Hunt Auction Closes Aug. 10

Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 10. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 11.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Early Morning Dock Bluegills

Middle of summer, the waters are getting very warm and this is having the fish moving and changing their locations throughout the day. For the fish size, finding the areas that the bigger fish are relating to is that key to the puzzle.

The smaller fish seem to relate to the shallower waters and can be seen as you are walking along the shorelines. But those bigger gills, what may they be relating to since we aren’t visually seeing them with some regularity.

Deadline to apply for the 2017 any-deer permit lottery is August 15

Deadline reminder to those who wish to apply for 2017 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery! 

Applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2017.  

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 8, 2017 and results will be posted on the Department’s website.

Family Fun Abounds In August With Great Outdoors Pursuit

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the August schedule of events for the state's popular Great Outdoors Pursuit. The public events include a birding workshop, lighthouse tours, outdoor movies, guided hikes, a Rocky-Point themed scavenger hunt, arts and educational exhibits, and more.

VT F&W Gives Update on Multi-Year Moose Study

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently completed the first field season in a multi-year study to better understand the state’s moose herd. Beginning in January 2017, researchers placed radio-collars on 60 wild moose and began tracking their movements.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Porpoising Bluegills

Fishing in the early morning hours, there are times that you see things that you may not during the rest of the day. We were out bass fishing recently in the early morning and the bass were cooperating quite well on the deeper weed lines.

There was little wind, so the water’s surface didn’t have much for ripples and while we were fishing, we started noticing that there were pods of fish swimming at the surface. Having seen this before, figured that these were schools of small bluegills and didn’t give it much thought.

Time is Running out to Enter the 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction

There's still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire's 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction, which is the Foundation's primary fundraiser to support the programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp on the Pine River (Route 25) Access Facility Open

The N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Ossipee Lake boat ramp has been refurbished and is fully open and free to the public. The facility is located on Pine River, about one mile south of the Lake. Vehicle access is from Route 25, about 0.4 mile east of the Route 16 intersection.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Learn More About VT Hunting at Free Seminars

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting.

Vermont Moose Hunting Permit Winners Are Drawn

The winners of Vermont’s 2017 moose hunting permits were determined Saturday, July 29, at a lottery drawing at the Barre Fish and Game Club in Barre.

A Record 6,570 Turkeys in Vermont’s Spring Seasons

A preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife shows that hunters had a banner season this spring with the highest turkey harvest ever recorded. Hunters brought home 6,570 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 743 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Changes in Recreational Fishing Rules for Cod and Haddock - Effective Immediately

The recreational fishing measures in federal waters in the Gulf of Maine (more than three miles from shore) for cod and haddock have changed

Friday, July 28, 2017

Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Outfit

Charlie Robinton (Charlie Robinton has loved fly fishing since he was 10 years old. He turned his passion for fishing and the outdoors into a career as a fly fishing writer and instructor.)

When choosing a new fly fishing setup, today’s angler is faced with a multitude of options, and the choices are enough to make a neophyte’s head spin. This article will explain the most important factors to consider when looking at different rods, reels, and fly lines, as well as how to match them together to create an outfit that meets each angler's specific needs.

Public Information Meeting on North Country Fishing Rules

The N.H. Fish and Game Department will host a public information meeting to discuss current fisheries regulations on August 17, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Errol Town Hall in Errol, N.H. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input and suggestions regarding the fishing regulations currently in place for the New Hampshire portions of the Magalloway River, as well as certain portions of Umbagog Lake and the Upper Androscoggin River.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

CT DEEP Announces Opening of the Branford River State Boat Launch in Branford

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the State Boat Launch located on the Branford River in Branford will reopen for boating use on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Summer Kayak Programs

The N.H. Fish and Game Department's Great Bay Discovery Center at 89 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H., is offering the following paddling events this summer.

Grassland Bird Populations in Decline in Vermont

Grassland-nesting bird populations continue to decline in numbers in Vermont, according to recent surveys conducted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Giving Salt a Try

My son has been getting into saltwater fishing quite a bit more this summer and wanted the two of us to go and try on our own. We have a jetty that is not that far from us where a river dumps into the ocean and upon arriving, it was low tide with the tide starting to come in.

We were going to run three different setups, two of the setups we ran a three way swivel that has a 3oz weight on one line. The line with the hook we ran two different baits with one being a chunk of mackerel and the other having a piece of clam.

Public Asked to Report Summer Wild Turkey Brood Sightings through August 31

As the summer months continue, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds the public to report sightings of hen turkeys, with or without young, through the Department’s online survey at:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Family Fun & Field Day, Moose Lottery Drawing-- July 29, Barre

Be sure to bring the family to the Family Fun and Field Day at Barre Fish & Game Club on Saturday, July 29 starting at 9:30 a.m., and stay to hear who wins a moose permit at the annual moose lottery live at noon with on-site broadcast by Froggy 100.9 radio.

Vermont Turkey Brood Survey Starts Aug. 1

Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.

Controlled Waterfowl Hunt Applications

Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

ATTENTION -- 7/20 Update - Casco Hatchery/Pleasant Lake Project

Construction continues ahead of schedule on the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project. Currently, the new water intake pipe is fully assembled and crews are pressure testing the 3,900’ pipeline in preparation for lowering it to the lake bottom.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free Clamming Workshops This Summer

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a series of free recreational clamming workshops this summer. The workshops, led by a local shellfisherman, review the history and value of shellfishing in Rhode Island and provide an opportunity for participants to dig for their own clams.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Enter the 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction

There’s still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire’s 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction. The auction is in its ninth year and is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser to support the programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

NH Fishing Report - July 18, 2017

This summer, it seems like we’ve been on a weather rollercoaster, with big swings in temperatures and stream flows.  The successful angler will heed the old scout’s motto of "be prepared."  Resolve to change up your methods and gear if you’re not catching much.  The weather has the fish confused at times, which makes things more challenging.  For bass, think "subsurface" during the day and "topwater" at night.  For trout, go north or head to the mountains for the best success.

Friday, July 14, 2017

There's Still Room in the Waterfowl Hunting Course for Women

Space is still available in a course for women who want to learn how to get started hunting ducks and geese. The N.H. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) presents “Duck, Duck, Goose: An introduction to Waterfowl Hunting,” on August 12, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness, N.H.

F&W Share Tips on Creating Wildlife Habitat

Interested in creating wildlife habitat on your property? Biologists from Vermont Fish & Wildlife will present a talk on the techniques and programs available for promoting wildlife habitat at the Mt. Holly Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.